Welcome to the Divisional portal of the website. Within this section you'll find the resources at the local level to help you complete your Award journey. Your Division is the Province or Territory in which you currently live and are completing your Award.

Welcome to Nova Scotia, Canada's Ocean Playground!

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As your Nova Scotia Division, we are here to guide and support you while you are on the road to achieving your Award. If you cannot find what you are looking for, or need a few questions answered, please send us an email at novascotia@dukeofed.orgWe are here to help.

Get Started

To become a Duke participant, register here. If you are having difficulty, or can't find your Award Unit, please contact us.

Did you know?

In Nova Scotia, the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards are Grade 10, 11, and 12 high school Personal Development credits respectively.

Share your Duke Story with Us 

Send us your stories and pictures and we may feature you in one of our newsletters. Watch for our newsletter in your in-box. If you haven't signed up for our monthly newsletters, click here

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Charitable Registration Number is 86872 5961 RR0001.

Adventurous Journey Opportunities and Resources

As a reminder, all Adventurous Journeys must be completed in order: Preparation and Training, then a Practice Journey, then the Qualifying Journey. 

 Gold Project Opportunities and Resources

Skills Opportunities

Service Opportunities

Physical Recreation Opportunities

  •  Physical Recreation Opportunities (coming soon!)

 More Resources

All activities for the Award require an assessor and an assessor report. 

If you started your current Award level prior to September 1st, 2013 and are not on the Online Record Book, please contact the Award Office to submit your Award.

Our Supporters 


Our Board of Regents


The Nova Scotia Provincial Board of Regents was founded to support the Award program in Nova Scotia.

Membership on the Board of Regents is by invitation only. Regents are asked to contribute a one-time donation to become life-long members and supporters of the Provincial Division.  

Regents are invited to all special events and, from time to time, our Regents are recognized with a Regent’s Social, hosted by our Honourary Patron, the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.

The following individuals have generously agreed to join our Board of Regents and we are grateful for their significant contributions. 

Keith and Heather Barrett
Anne Campbell and John Lindsay
The Honorable Hiram and Ruth Carver
The Craig Foundation
Dr. Colin Dodds and Carol Dodds
The Honorable Michael Shearer and Elizabeth Delory
The Honorable Donald and Linda Oliver
Don and Robin Todd
Justice Margaret J. Stewart 


Our Sponsors

We would like to thank the following for their generous support:





The Halifax Youth Foundation





How to Contact Us

Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - Canada - Nova Scotia
5516 Spring Garden Road, 4th Floor
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 1G6

General Inquiries: novascotia@dukeofed.org


Office Hours

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Award Office closes annually for a Holiday shut-down in December.

Sign up for our newsletter here.


Connie Miller
Executive Director
(902) 425-5454, ext. 329 

Heather Uhl
Award Officer
(902) 425-5454, ext. 320

Matt Godfrey
Program Assistant
(902) 425-5454, ext. 227

Who We Are


Connie Miller, B.A.

Executive Director

/_uploads/ns/images/Connie-and-Rossi-sisters-2016-ann-repot---Apr-22.jpg Connie has been working in the non-profit sector for 30+ years, primarily in senior management positions, and always in the child and youth development field.  Over her career she has been the lead researcher on National projects resulting in published papers, organized national conferences, has been a keynote presenter, curriculum developer, and has delivered countless workshops and seminars.  She joined the Award in Nova Scotia in July of 2006 as the Executive Director, and has thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the development, growth and expansion of the program.   Connie is married, the mother of two children and the grandmother of three.  She is also an Administrative Justice of the Peace for the Province of NS.  In her spare time, she likes to read, garden, and spend as much time with her grandchildren as she possibly can.

Heather Uhl, B.Phil

Award Officer

/_uploads/ns/images/Heather-Uhl-Photo-(2).jpgHeather joined the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award - Nova Scotia in 2016 and achieved her Gold Award in June 2017. She brings a wealth of knowledge through her volunteer work with Scouts Canada and is a dedicated Scouter with her local Scout Troop. In her spare time Heather enjoys gemcutting, sailing and studying geology and gemology.


Matt Godfrey, B.F.A.

Program Assistant

/_uploads/ns/images/image1-(6).jpg Matt started with the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - Nova Scotia as a summer student in 2010 and continued with us on a part-time basis until 2013. Matt then took a full-time position as Program Assistant, reviewing Awards and helping participants register and navigate the Award program. When he has spare time, Matt enjoys crafting with leather and dabbling with creative writing.

2017 Award Achievers 

Congratulations to all 2017 Award Achievers!

2016 Award Achievers

Congratulations to all  2016 Award Achievers!

Award Leader Resources

If you have an Award Participant who did not pay online when registering, but would like to pay online, please contact the office.

To learn more about upcoming Award Leader training click here.

Report Templates

Adventurous Journey Report Template

Gold Project Report Template

Promotional Materials

Spring Poster Series - English and French

Fall Poster Series - English

Fall Poster Series - French

Announcement Poster - English

Announcement Poster - French



Our Board of Directors 

President – Bruce Jarvis
Vice President – Ashley Lorette
Treasurer - Bill Gullage
Secretary – Shaun Hughes
David Davidson
Melissa P. MacAdam
Ian Murray
Deepak Prasad
Jacqueline Ruck
Jylene Ryan
April Stroink
Melanie Weaver


Honourary Members

Rick Powell
Sandy Sanford
Donald Todd

Duke Awareness Week


Since 2011, the Premier of Nova Scotia has proclaimed the third week of October to be Duke Awareness Week in Nova Scotia.

Each year, we begin the celebrations with a Flag-Raising Ceremony at Province House where the proclamation is publicly read by a member of the Provincial Legislature. The Lieutenant Governor, our Honourary Patron, brings greetings and officially raises the Duke flag on our behalf.  

We encourage all members of our Duke family to celebrate the Award by participating in specially themed days throughout the week.

Make it Known Monday 
Raise Awareness! Plan and participate in a Flag Raising Ceremony in your community; at school, city hall, anywhere you can raise a flag and raise awareness! 

Talk-it-up Tuesday 
Spread the word! Tell your friends, family, and peers about what you're doing with your Award. If you really want to be fancy, organize an information session at your school or club.

A-WEAR-ness Wednesday

Show off your Duke Pride and wear your pins, hats and shirts!

Thank You Thursday
It's impossible to do anything alone! This is your chance to thank everyone who is helping you on your journey with the Award, such as your Award Leader, and your assessors.

Fitness Friday
Get out, break a sweat, and take part in a physical recreation activity this Friday. While you're at it, log your hours towards your Award Level!

Service Saturday

A great way to give back to your community; get out and volunteer this Saturday. Plan a park clean-up, or help out a friend; be creative! 

The 5th Annual Scotch Whisky Tasting 

Thank you to everyone who joined us on November 24th, 2017 in the Historic Halifax Citadel for our 5th Annual Scotch Whisky Tasting! 

Information on the 6th Annual Whisky Tasting in 2018 is coming soon.

Nova Scotia Division - Annual Reports

Open Award Centres 

Open Award Centres started as a concept in the Nova Scotia Division as a way to ensure that the Award is available for youth in their home communities or local regions across the province.  They are designed to enhance and support the local club, youth group and/or school based Award Units, as well as fill any gaps in making the Award accessible to youth that may exist.  Open Award Centres are typically incorporated into the youth services offered through organizations with a broad or regional reach such as recreation centres, municipal recreation departments, and public libraries.    

Currently, Nova Scotia is the only Province offer access to the Award through Open Award Centres.